BME 148 Microimplants (2017-2018)

BME 148 Microimplants

(Not required for any major. Selected Elective for BME.)
Catalog Data:

BME 148 Microimplants (Credit Units: 4) Essential concepts of biomedical implants at the micro scale. Design, fabrication, and applications of several microimplantable devices including cochlear, retinal, neural, and muscular implants. Prerequisite: BME111. Biomedical Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. Concurrent with BME 262. (Design units: 1)

Required Textbook:
Recommended Textbook:
  • Class notes
  • IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine, Sept/Oct 2005 Issue.
William C. Tang
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:
Prerequisites by Topic

MEMS design tools, fabrication, packaging, and testing techniques; common implant materials, biocompatibility, and foreign body responses

Lecture Topics:
  • Introduction: the purpose and limitation of implants
  • Review MEMS background
  • Physiology of hearing
  • Cochlear implants
  • Physiology of vision
  • Retinal implants
  • Physiology of the nervous system
  • Neural implants
  • Physiology of the musculoskeletal system
  • Muscle implants
  • Future implantable devices
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Students will use word processors and drawing programs to do homework assignments.

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

Contributes toward the Biomedical Engineering Topics and Major Design experience.

Design Content Description

Specific discussions on system and device designs (50%). Students will use learned skills to design systems and devices for microimplants (50%).

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 30%
  • Midterm: 30%
  • Final: 40%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 3.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 1.0 credit units

December 21, 2016
Senate Approved:
November 14, 2016
Approved Effective:
2017 Fall Qtr